Tom Brady was dealing with more than just getting to know a new city, team, and offensive playbook this past season. Both his parents, Tom Brady Sr., and Galynn were hospitalized as they battled COVID-19. Brady’s father was in the hospital for three weeks at one point, and he told ESPN today that both he and his wife were so sick they couldn’t even watch the first two games their son Tom played for the Bucs in 2020. “We’ve never missed a game at Michigan or New England or wherever,” Brady Sr. told ESPN. “For the first two games when I was in the hospital, I didn’t even care if they were playing — much less missing the game. It was a matter of life and death, just like anybody who goes to the hospital. That’s serious stuff.”
There was additional concern for Tom Brady’s mother Galynn, who is a breast cancer survivor, but luckily did not have to be hospitalized, and instead was cared for by Tom’s sister, who is a nurse.
The elder Brady said his hospitalization, and the fact both he and his wife were stricken by COVID-19 took a toll on Tom early in the season. The NFL legend would FaceTim his dad every day on his way to and from practice, and according to Tom Sr., the younger Brady was “stressed out” worrying about them.
The possibility of a fairy tale ending is there now however, as Tom Brady will lead the Bucs against Kansas City on February 7th, playing Super Bowl LV in the home stadium of the Bucs.
“This year has been unbelievable,” Brady Sr. told ESPN. “Not knowing where we’re going to start the season out, and being where we are to end the season is just a stunning development as far as I’m concerned. … Getting to the 10th Super Bowl in 19 years of playing is pretty — it’s incomprehensible, actually. It’s beyond anything we could ever imagine.”